Crime is increasing. There are more murders, carjackings, and car thefts than ever.
Reducing police funding and removing resource officers from schools have made us all more vulnerable to crime, not less.
Reducing or eliminating bail creates a revolving door for repeat offenders.
Removing protections for police officers carrying out enforcement actions in the line of duty puts everyone's lives in danger.
According to Montgomery's Police Chief, "I think we are at a very critical juncture.” Three times the number of police are leaving monthly, he said. Two thirds of the force is eligible to retire. Recruitment is down. Morale and salary are low.
What can be done?
Invest in our police and other safety officials by restoring funding and offering training for policing in diverse and multi-cultural communities. Emphasize assistance to the victims of crime and hold criminals accountable for their actions. Restore common sense protections for law enforcement officers and make strict, mandatory sentencing guidelines for those who commit crimes against public safety officers. Instead of letting criminals go without bail, address the underlying issues that cause people to commit crimes and hold them accountable when they do.